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By Sabrina Tavernise

Life expectancy for men in Syria has declined by five years since the war there began in 2011, a new analysis of mortality data has found, a sudden collapse not seen since the decline that Russian men experienced after the end of the Soviet Union.

The analysis, by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a health research group based at the University of Washington, used data from 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Pakistan and Afghanistan, to look at death and disease trends from 1990 to 2013. It was published Wednesday in the British medical journal The Lancet Global Health.

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